mook marcsEvery once in a while something new comes along that makes one wonder why it took so long for it to be conceptualized and created. It seems so obvious because it is such a marvelous idea. Book Marks, a book review aggregator, launched by Literary Hub is a perfect example of this. There are so many great things about this new literary offering. Book Marks can be thought of as a crowdsourcing site for book reviews, such as Goodreads, Amazon, or Library Thing, but how and why the particular books get selected for inclusion is key. A book grade is given to each book based on multiple critical book reviews that appear in the “the most important and active outlets of literary journalism in America.” Book Marks “aggregates reviews from more than 70 sources—newspapers, magazines, and websites—and average them into a letter grade, as well as linking back to their source.” The belief is “that Book Marks will lead more readers to reviews, and amplify critics’ voices in a way that benefits readers and writers alike…[and will] help readers discover books, while spotlighting books that deserve more attention.”

Categories of interest to business readers are Social Sciences and Technology. Selected books for business professionals so far on Book Marks include:

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg – B

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer – A-

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, by Virginia Hefferman – B

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, by Duncan Clark – B

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, by Dan Lyons – B